What happens when Uncle Gerry goes to Thailand to backpack for the first time?
This is how the story goes, or as far as we can remember.
Uncle Gerry is a friendly, outgoing and inquisitive uncle. He loves to experience anything once. Just see this picture for proof. Yes, that is Uncle Gerry jumping off the pier.
So Uncle Gerry is learning how to bargain as he backpacks through Thailand. So excited by his success negotiating for his elephant carving, Uncle Gerry is on a bit of a roll.
Traipsing through a Thai village, something catches Uncle Gerry’s eye.
A broom on a porch.
He ponders for a second, and approaches, ready for his second round of negotiations.
As he enters the “store”, he meets a Thai woman, a little bewildered.
She looks at him with broom in hand. He then looks around. A little puzzled to see some people laying on mattresses on the floor, a kitchen table set and nothing else for sale, he wonders why.
Surprised as she sizes up the broom handling situation, she relents; motioning he can have her broom if he wants.
Realizing he has taken the lady’s broom right off her porch and walked directly into her house, he embarrassingly offers her some money.
Bewildered, she says no, and gratefully and a little red-faced, Uncle Gerry walks out with her broom!
I imagine Uncle Gerry and his new-found broom were the topic of a few Thai tales that evening.
(As a side note, Jade reminded me that Uncle Gerry has a history of taking things that are not his! Apparently desperate to swim with his niece, he “borrowed” some swim trunks from the lost and found so he could swim with her. Bewildered as well by his choice of wild trunks, she gratefully swam with Uncle Gerry, the best uncle a niece could ever have :))
And yes, here is a pic of Uncle Gerry to prove that. Asleep, Jade dresses Uncle Gerry up. Later on awake, he discovers he has been the victim of a Jade prank. Always a good sport, everyone needs an Uncle Gerry for a good story.
This tale is from Cheryl who has OTD (obsessive travel disorder) and is either planning a trip, taking a trip or reading about someone else’s trip anytime of the day. I would love for you to follow along as I “travel” from A to Z this month.
Cheryl and The Family C